BUFFALO, N.Y. – National experts on the criminal justice
system, opioid abuse, substance abuse treatment and community
health will visit the University at Buffalo Research Institute on
Addictions (RIA) during its Fall Seminar Series beginning Sept.
The four-part series is free, open to the public and held on the
first floor of RIA at 1021 Main St. on UB’s Downtown Campus.
All seminars take place on Fridays at 10 a.m., with the exception
of Sept. 17, a Wednesday.
The opening seminar on Sept. 17 will feature Faye S. Taxman,
PhD, who will discuss “Researching How Justice-Involved
People Change: An Agenda to Understand Programming, Sequencing and
Timing Effects.” Taxman is a professor of criminology, law
and society and director of the Advancing Correctional Excellence
Center at George Mason University. She is an expert on correctional
systems, including jails, prisons and community corrections, and is
co-author of “Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in
Community Corrections and Addiction Treatment” (Springer
2011) and the forthcoming “Drugs & Crime: The Nexus and
Public Policy” (APA Press).
On Oct. 17, Sharon Walsh, PhD, will present “The Opioid
Prescription Epidemic: Capitalizing on the Human Psychopharmacology
Laboratory to Inform Change.” Walsh is a professor of
behavioral science, psychiatry, pharmacology and pharmaceutical
sciences and director of the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research at
the University of Kentucky. Her clinical research focuses on
pharmacological and behavioral issues in opioid and cocaine abuse
The seminars continue on Nov. 14 with a presentation by
Constance Weisner, DrPH, LCSW, on “Integrating Substance Use
Treatment and Health Care: A Primary Care-Based Health Home
Model.” Weisner is a professor in the Department of
Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and
directs a research program addressing access, outcome and cost
effectiveness of substance use and mental health treatment in
health care settings.
The series will close on Dec. 5 with a seminar by William
Wieczorek, PhD, CRA, who will discuss “Implementing
Environmental Prevention: West Side Youth Development
Coalition.” He is a professor in the Department of Geography
and Planning and director of the Center for Health and Social
Research at SUNY Buffalo State. His research interests include the
epidemiology of substance abuse, prevention of drunk driving,
evaluation of educational programs and community health needs
For more information about the Fall Seminar Series, contact
Rebecca Houston, PhD, at 716-887-2579 or visit http://www.buffalo.edu/ria/news_events/seminars.html.
RIA is a research center of the University at Buffalo and a
national leader in the study of alcohol and substance abuse issues.
RIA’s research programs, most of which have multiple-year
funding, are supported by federal, state and private foundation
grants. Located on UB’s Downtown Campus, RIA is a member of
the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and a key contributor to
UB’s reputation for research excellence. To learn more, visit